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AURELIEN VILLETTE

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While the photographer's subjects are inspired by buildings in ruins, these are not however always ruins left by their inhabitants. They hark back to the golden age of a bygone era and most symbolise a heritage that is doomed to disappear. Aurélien Villette has travelled the world since 2008 in search of "the spirit of place" in each of the structures that he photographs. But, what is that exactly? He defines it as "an interactive dynamic between material (sites, landscapes, buildings, objects) and immaterial elements (memories, stories, rituals, festivals, expertise), between the physical and the spiritual, which produce meaning." His wanderings lead him to discover sites devoid of any human presence, which have been rejected over time, such as this photograph taken in Italy. "The Bicycle" leaning against a dilapidated wall, always seems to have been there, and invokes the presence or absence of former inhabitants.

Architecture marks all of our lives, our lifestyle, beliefs and cultures, from our birth to our death and beyond. All of this variety leaves me awestruck, every day

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